Sands Hall is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and holds a second M.F.A. in Theatre Arts. Her experience as director, actor, and playwright gives her a unique perspective on the writing process. She currently teaches creative writing at Franklin & Marshall College, and is the author of the novel Catching Heaven, a Random House Reader’s Circle selection; and a book of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft. Her short fiction has appeared in such journals as New England Review, The Iowa Review and Green Mountains Review. Her produced plays include an adaptation of Alcott’s Little Women and the comic/drama Fair Use. This is the twenty-fifth summer Sands has taught for the Festival.